The time has come for our first little update from Costa Rica!
Daniel, my travel buddy, and I had a rather pleasant flight down here On both flights we had a row, 3 seats, to our selves, and on the final flight we sat in an exit row. We began our Fort Laudedale layover with the classic cues of US Customs. Allowed into the country we, by coincidence, found our luggage on the floor in a small strange hall with only two luggage belts. As we checked in on our final flight the lady at the bag drop almost send of my bag without a tag. We had a skateboard strapped onto both sides of the bag, and thus she wanted to put it into a plastic tray. As she went to get the tag, she placed the tray on a MOVING belt and they JUST managed to catch it before it got sent off. Once trough security we got some food, waited and did some handstands to wake us up a bit, yet it remained quite obvious that we were indeed very tried. Our flight to San José was delayed by an hour, which meant that we arrived at 01:30 in the night. Jet lagged and hungry we caught a cab to our little hotel in downtown San José.
The following day we got in contact with our friends Daniel(referred to as TG) and Pernille only to find out that Penille's luggage still hadn't arrived from Mexico where they had had their layover. Accordingly we decided that they'd leave their couchsurfing hosts around noon to come stay with us to do some planing. With that Daniel and I went to have some breakfast and then went out to explore the city.
Despite bringing our camera gear to the streets of San José, and being really excited to explore, all the gear stayed in the bag. The city of San José was a little strange. At least the parts we walked around in. It's not that it's boring place, it's just, eh, a little bland maybe, and we didn't really know what to do with ourselves. In other words, we left the city a little confused and went home to our hotel.
Daniel and Pernille arrived after we had been relaxing in our room for a couple of hours. We quickly began planing, did some research and passed out.
Yesterday, on the 5th. of April, we packed up all of our stuff and caught an Uber to the airport to rent a car. After quite some hassle of figuring out exact prices and being send around to different rental companies we ended up renting a car with a company that the rental company Sixt had recommended, since they didn't have an SUV. Here we waited for an hour to get the radio changed so that we could connect our iPhones to the speakers to listen to music. Getting on the road with Escape(The Piña Colada song) coming from the speakers made it worth it that we had had to wait.
We headed for Monteverde - a small village with a big natural reserve surrounding it and not very far away is the Arenal Volcano. Just before we had left the car rental place we had booked and AirBnB for the next 2 nights. Daniel got us out of the city and went on to drive the entire 3 hour trip. As a result of the hour we had waited to get the radio fixed, the last part of the drive was in the dark and on a gravel road in the mountains. Fortunately we had rented a big four wheel drive so we felt safe. The backseat where I sat has tinted windows which meant that once it got a little dark outside I couldn't see a thing. I suddenly decided to open the window to have a look at the sky. Daniel stopped the car and then everyone opened up theirs as well. W O W. Never in my entire life have I seen so many stars. It was absolutely unbelievable. Outside it was pitch black and we could only see what the headlights lighted up, but the sky was packed with stars and we could sort of sense the milky way going across the sky.
We arrived at Monteverde at about 7:30pm and met up with our host and their housekeeper at a little restaurant. The housekeeper showed us to the house and we settled in. In the other two rooms we met two couples. A couple from the US and one from Austria. We quickly got into talking with them, had a beer and then went to find a little supermarked. Down some gravel roads, up a small ally and there it was. We have a kitchen that we share with the others, so we decided to get some rice, beans, frijoles(mashed black beans with spices), sweet corn and some chilli sauce. When we got back we cooked up some rice, mixed it up with the sweet corn, the VERY spicy chillisauce and spread it in between two pieces of toast - dinner.
We passed out quickly after deciding to get picked up by a bus this morning to go zip lining on the longest zip line in Central America. Right now, I'm lying in bed, its 6:09am and I've been writing this very update since 5am. We'll get picked up at 7:30am and I can't wait to see what it looks like outside.
We have one more night at this Airbnb and then the road trip continues!